Montessori inspired tracing boards at so popular right now! They are not Montessori materials but rather inspired by the Montessori way of teaching. They are a tactile way for the child to learn to form letters. The child traces the letters with their finger or a stylus until they memorise the way it is formed, muscle memory develops. Much like how a child would use the sandpaper letters.
While I understand the benefits of cursive some of the letters are hard to form. Both of my children struggled with learning cursive 's', 'f' and 'r'. These tracing boards would have been perfect for learning those specific letters. As both children have an 's' in their name the personalised name tracing board would have been perfect too!
I've seen tracing boards mostly in the homes of homeschoolers but when Otis was having difficulty with his writing his Montessori teacher gave him a sheet similar to #7 to use for tracing. As a parent who didn't know cursive I found the sheet very useful too!
There are many tracing boards available. If your child attends a Montessori school I would consult with their teacher or guide before getting a board to use at home, there may be slight variations in fonts used or they may have other resources they can recommend.
All of these are so very beautiful!
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